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rook·er·y

 (ro͝ok′ə-rē)
n. pl. rook·er·ies
1.
a. A place where large numbers of rooks or certain seabirds or marine animals, such as penguins or seals, nest or breed.
b. A colony of such animals.
2. Informal A crowded and dilapidated tenement or area.

rookery

(ˈrʊkərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. (Zoology) a group of nesting rooks
2. (Zoology) a clump of trees containing rooks' nests
3. (Zoology)
a. a breeding ground or communal living area of certain other species of gregarious birds or mammals, esp penguins or seals
b. a colony of any such creatures
4. archaic an overcrowded slum tenement building or area of housing

rook•er•y

(ˈrʊk ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. a colony or breeding place of rooks or other gregarious creatures, as penguins or seals.
2. any teeming, overcrowded place.
[1715–25]

rook·er·y

(ro͝ok′ə-rē)
A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.

rookery

a breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.
See also: Animals, Birds

Rookery

 a collection of rooks’ nests; the breeding place or large colony of sea birds or other marine mammals; hence, the birds themselves, as herons or penguins; a cluster of dilapidated buildings. See also building.
Examples: rookery of albatross, 1838; of buildings; of crows, 1822; of herons; of penguins, 1840; of prostitutes, 1851; of rooks, 1725; of sea bears, 1881; of sea elephants, 1860; of seals, 1847; of volcanoes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rookery - a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)rookery - a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)
breeding ground - a place where animals breed
heronry - a breeding ground for herons; a heron rookery
Translations

rookery

[ˈrʊkərɪ] Ncolonia f de grajos

rookery

nKolonie f

rookery

[ˈrʊkərɪ] ncolonia di corvi
References in classic literature ?
The residences, raised high upon their metal columns, resembled huge rookeries, while the uprights themselves presented the appearance of steel tree trunks.
Coming from no man knew where in the illimitable Pacific, it was travelling north on its annual migration to the rookeries of Bering Sea.
This feather's popularity meant that all of the more accessible egret rookeries had long been depleted.
To undertake island conservation to protect endangered species of lizard, bird rookeries and turtle nursery ground in Yanuya, Udui and Niuta.
Specifically, the reptiles in rookeries had sticks on their snouts during and after the nest-building season.
ROOKERIES are getting very busy and raucous this time of year as birds jostle for roosts and steal neighbours' twigs to add to their own nests.
There are currently 13 major rookeries (>50 pups): five in southeastern Alaska, three in British Columbia, two in Oregon, and three in California.
This, despite the fact that, to reach their rookeries, the penguins must cross fields of unexploded mines left behind by combatants.
This custom of rock exchange intrigued a group of British researchers to the point that they applied for and were granted permission, a few years ago, to precede the penguins to one of their rookeries and spray-paint individual nests in various colors - blue, red, green and yellow.
The park will be home to one of the largest Magellan penguin rookeries in the world, along with sea lions, pumas and some 50 bird species.
The new evidence for past warming backs up data garnered from land-based studies of lake sediments and ancient, abandoned penguin rookeries, he notes.
We knew there would be a lot of obstacles to getting good photos of the animals, but we didn't realize just how big they would be,' recalls Eastcott, noting that the seals are darkly colored, the background in their rookeries tends to be dark and the sky is often filled with dark clouds.